We have not been too crazy
about visiting Hong Kong before, since we expect it to be equally
sterile and sleek shopping paradise as Singapore is. However, we
decide to give it a chance, and our minds are totally changed. HK
truly has character that Singapore lacks.
For a change we don't fly on
AirAsia, but SIA, so we board at Terminal 3. Despite an early
flight, we also arrive early, very early, because our taxi driver
decides to speed the whole way at 120-130kph. We have a lot of
time to have breakfast and visit the butterfly garden.
After strolling through the
business district and the markets in Wan Chai, we find ourselves
at East End Brewery / Inn Side Out Pub in Causeway Bay. Their own
beers are not very good, but they carry some nice British Ales.
The museum is pretty
comprehensive and well planned. After a couple of hours we start
to feel cold --- it seems that Hong Kong is even more aggressive
with the air-conditioning than S'pore, so we leave without
checking Centenary of China's 1911 Revolution exhibition.
The plan is to
walk the Lung Yeuk Tau Heritage Trail that goes through several
walled villages established by the Tang Clan that moved in the
area more than 200 years ago and was one of the five most
influential clans in the New Territories.
It takes us a while to get
the taxi driver understand what's that we want to go, but
eventually he takes us to the head of Hong Kong Trail at Big Way
Bay. The trail actually goes all the way to Victoria Peak (it
would be 50-kilometer hike there), but we are only planning to
take a 8.5 kilometer hike to Dragon's Back Trail.